Angul: A carcass of a leopard was found floating in a water body near Mankadchua village under Pallahara Block near Rengali Reservoir in the district wednesday.
Locals first spotted the carcass floating in the water body and informed the Forest Department officials.
According to sources, the big cat was bleeding from its mouth, However, the cause behind the big cat’s death is yet to be ascertained.
Rumors doing rounds that the animal might have drowned in the reservoir, some suspect it foul play and a case of poaching.
The exact reason of the death will be known from the postmortem report, forest officials said, adding that probe is on.